Flowing through the heart of Central Europe, the Danube River is one of the world’s most romantic and scenic waterways. Our luxurious, all-inclusive river cruises on the Danube showcase a variety of cultural delights, and our enticing menu of shore excursions offers something for everyone—first-time visitors as well as experienced travelers, food and wine lovers, and aficionados of music, art, and architecture.
Witness to History
One of Europe’s most legendary waterways, the Danube is a cultural lifeline, a vital shipping route, and a creative and political hotspot for thousands of years. Europe’s second longest river flows in an eastward direction for nearly 2,000 miles from Germany all the way to the Romanian coast, one of the most impressive journeys in history. Mighty castles and ruined fortresses line the banks of this remarkable river, which once formed the boundary between some of Europe’s greatest empires, and upon which regimes from the Romans to the Nazis have all left their mark.
Widely revered for its beauty and majesty, the Danube River has long been celebrated in music, literature and the visual arts. The famous Blue Danube waltz, composed by Johann Strauss the Younger, once served as the symbol of imperial Vienna. The Danube has also played a key role in German poems, Greek legends, Romanian folk songs, and hundreds of stories and novels depicting the region’s turbulent past and vibrant present. In the fine art world, the river inspired the "Danube school" tradition of landscape painting, as practiced by a number of German and Austrian painters in the early 16th century.